Pownal Elementary School

If you need a copy of the 2014-15 school calendar, you can pick one up in the office or click on this link.

No School Days for April
Friday, April 17 (Professional Compensation Day)
April 20-24 (Spring Break)

Have a fun and restful break as the rest of our school year will be really busy and go quickly. If you are making summer plans, our last day of school is planned for Friday, June 19th.

New Breakfast Program
We have started our trial "Grab and Go" breakfast program with many students taking advantage of this new program. The price is only $1.60 unless your child is on the Free and Reduced lunch program, in which case their breakfast would be free. Participating students will go directly to the kitchen after getting off the bus, pick up a breakfast, and go to their classrooms to eat. If you have any questions, feel free to call and speak with Mrs. Coro at 688-4832.

Thank You Everyone
We have received our portion of the money our school earned through "Hannaford Dollars." This was from the coupons you returned to school from purchasing certain items at Hannaford. Our school received over $100 which was put into the student fund and used to purchase many things, including sleds in winter, small items for the playground, ideas for Paws Celebrations, and more. Again, thanks . . . it all goes to the kids!

Chickadee Award and Maine Student Book Award Reading Celebration
We will be having a Reading Celebration on April 16th to celebrate PES student participation in the Chickadeee Award (K-3) and the Maine Student Book Award (4 & 5). Both are reading awards that are celebrated in school and public libraries state-wide. It also happens to be National Library Week - what a great way to celebrate reading and the library!

All students are invited to come to school on April 16th as a storybook character. We will spend the afternoon enjoying different reading activities and then gather in the gym for a snack and the announcement of the school and state winners for each award.

Yearbook orders are closing
A yearbook order form went home with the March 27th Panther Press. The order deadline will be April 17th, so this is just a reminder. You can order and pay online at YBPay.lifetouch.com and use the ID Code 11935215 or use the form that was sent home and return it to the office.

It's Budget Time Again for RSU #5
The Board encourages citizens to get involved with this process. Please join us for these important meetings to learn more about our budget an the quality educational programs we are working to provide. After these meetings, we will post the budget handouts at rsu5.org/budget1516 so you can follow the progress.

The next Board Meeting for budget review will be on April 29th at 6:30 PM at Durham Community School's cafeteria. This is a Board Meeting for Budget Review with public comment. This meeting is also the final opportunity for the public to comment as the Board will begin deliberations on this budget. Your participation is welcomed!!

Target Stores Give Back to Schools
Again this year, Target stores are giving back 1% of your store purchase total when you use your Target Credit or Target Debit REDcard. This is also good on purchases done through Target.com. If you have a Target REDcard and have not enrolled it in this program, do so by going on Target.com and also select the school of your coice. This program runs throughout the 2015 year.

From the Kitchen
Free and Reduced Lunch Forms:
Just a reminder, if your household income ever changes (for a short period or long period), please don't hesitate to ask the main office for a "free and reduced lunch form." You can e-mail Mrs. Nielsen and she will send the form to you, click the link on this site just below the photo of the school, or you can pick up an application at the office. Remember, all information is totally confidential!

News from the Art Corner
Summer art classes at Maine College of Art Continuing Studies at MECA is running a youth essay contest to win "free" summer courses. Students between the ages of 8-17 are eligible. Please check out the following link for more information: http://meca.edu/essaycontest

Computer Class News
Many of the students in grades K-5 have been playing Skoolbo, a literacy and numeracy game based on the Common Core standards that adjusts the play level to the skill of each user. Each student has their own account and password for that account. The Skoolbo app is free and will work on both Apple and Android devices, although I don't recommend installing it on phones because it uses up your data. To log in to their account the first time on a new device, they should click on the Schools and Teachers button and type in our school's code: ME7164TV. Then they choose their class to access their account. The initial password for each student was black bee, but some of the older students have changed their passwords. Let me know if you need a copy of your child(ren)'s passwords if they want to play the game at home.
~ Kari Crosman, crosmank@rsu5.org

Gifted and Talented Identification Process
The GaTE team is currently screening students in grade 3, 5, and 8 for gifted and talented identification. Academic referrals will be accepted for any grade, and may be completed by teachers, parents, and/or students. Referral forms may be found via the RSU5 website (www.rsu5.org) or you may email Sarah Duffy at duffys@rsu5.org. The deadline for referral submissions is April 16th, 2015.


Track is Back!!
Practice will begin on Monday, April 27 from 3-4 PM so fill out the permission form that was attached to the 4/10 Panther Press and return it to school before that date. A schedule will be handed out during the first week of practice ith track information and meet dates.

Grade 1 Swim Sessions
Grade 1 swim sessions are soon beginning. Please help these excited young swimmers to remember their suits and towels for each session. Their sessions will be: April 30, May 7, 14, 21, and 28th.

IMPACT Meeting
IMPACT meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the library. Minutes can be found on the IMPACT link on the PES website.

Volunteer Opportunities

IMPACT Officer Volunteer Positions
The IMPACT President and Secretary Officer Positions are up for election at the June IMPACT meeting. Please contact Meghan at impactpes@hotmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.

Share with a classroom opportunity: Do you or anyone you know have or would like to share their knowledge with students on why lichen, moss, bacteria, and/or algae may be growing on gravestones or can identify what the different growth organisms can tell us? Please contact Heather at impactpes@hotmail.com.

Become a Volunteer: Do you have any talents, hobbies, or special interests? We are looking for volunteers to share their special talents, hobbies, or interests with PES classrooms. Teachers are always looking for ways to enhance their curriculum. IMPACT will be linking these resources creating community partnerships in education. We have had over 30 PES families sign up to receive volunteer need notifications. You can send a message to Heather at impactpes@hotmail.com noting that you would like to join our Volunteer List.

CLYNK Bags, Box Tops, Amazon Smile, and Hannaford Dollars - What a difference your support has made! Your purchases from Amazon Smile gives IMPACT the opportunity to earn money to put toward extracurricular activities. Simply visit smile.amazon.com prior to placing your order and 0.05% of select purchases will be donated to IMPACT.